11. 2004 - 22. 01. 2005
Caroline Achaintre (Germany), Matt Franks (UK), Jo Mitchell (UK), Ian Monroe (USA), Seb Patane (Italy), Daniel Pflumm (Germany), Toby Ziegler (UK).
is proud to present the group show contrapop curated by Suhail Malik,
(Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies, Department of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths'
pop art pushed art towards the world of advertising, commodities, and the
common culture it extended a tendency in art that stretches back to nineteenth
century modernism and dominates contemporary practice today. But there is
also a counter drive in this kind of production, one that attacks the equivalence
of art and popular culture. This other drive insists on the proliferation
and ambiguity of meanings, of a kind of non-sense that is rarely if ever seen
in popular culture or scientific knowledge. It affirms bewilderment and confusion.
It opens up an uncertain distance in the sometimes overt and sometimes sly
persuasive power of today's populist culture.
exhibition proposes that this counterforce is in the power of abstraction,
but not one that gets reified as 'abstract art'. It is instead an abstraction
that operates in the heart of the popular forms and modes of culture, teasing
out an abstractive force within that kind of now overwhelming production.
force, that veers art away from the assimilating logics and speeds of the
populism of our common cultures, is where and how art today continues to have
some critical purchase on the world in which it is made and in which it is
increasingly integrated. The criticality of this abstractive power is not
against popular culture (the modernist, or traditional avant-garde move) but
a re-organising effect on this side of a common culture. It proposes a different
logics, narratives, and formations of sense within the multiple manifestations
of that culture. This abstracting power is where and how art is as close as
you like to popular culture but is also, at once, somehow, multiply distanced
from it. This is not art that is for or against pop. It is instead a contrapop.
A 4 color catalogue
is accompanied the exhibition.
Logo design by Jo Mitchell.
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